Summer Concert (in the Piazza)
Susan Ruth Cohen (BFA 1977)
In my works on paper, I explore a mosaic-like sense of place that spans across the specifics of time and location: the remembered, imagined, and visibly present all exist together, suggesting an overlapping compression of time and space within the two-dimensional plane. Using a variety of media, I interpret the familiar, everyday world in a personal manner. My piece, entitled “Summer Concert (in the Piazza),” exemplifies my artistic practice, in which the intimate act of drawing is at the core of my process: I began with a thoughtÑthe memory of a place, the sounds of a concert, and the sensations of summerÑand then transformed my thought, along with all that it encompassed, into visual imagery. Working on paper allows me to react in a direct way, much like the process of writing in a diary. I spontaneously juxtapose my images and patterns upon the visual space, to create a richly textured surface. Within this surface are found the discovery, exploration, and free associations that comprise my artistic vision.
This work is featured as part of Future Former: An Exhibition of Alumni Work. This exhibition honors the creative work and careers of all Stamps School alumni, creates an aspirational connection between generations of U-M artists and designers and current Stamps students, and inspires reflection during the university's Bicentennial year.